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No date set for Wi-Fi fix

[Updated on May 12, 2013 @ 6:26 p.m.]

Students anxious to ride the Internet cloud from one of the dozens of comfy nooks and collaborative work spaces in the new Library and Learning Crossroads (LLC) will have to wait at least one more week.

There is still no set date for when Wi-Fi at the LLC is expected to be up and running, according to Pierce IT Manager Mark Henderson. Workers stopped installation on May 1 to focus on a more pressing issue.

“The other project was the fax and phone for Community Services,” Henderson said.

The worker responsible for completing the build out of the Wi-Fi is on vacation for the rest of this week but will return to work at the library Monday, Henderson said.

The LLC opened to students on April 10 and has had minor technology bugs and setbacks since. During a previous interview about the new building, Library Department Chair Paula Paggi rightfully said there would be bugs with the move, considering the size of it and the technology involved.

Paggi said that Wi-Fi at the new library is being held up by “a couple of parts,” and that when they arrive, Wi-Fi will be up and running.

“We have received the parts to begin working on the wireless connectivity. Testing and deployment will be conducted over the next few days,” Henderson said in a May 2 email.

The good news is there are a few banks of new fully-operational research computers hooked up to the Internet.

When asked about using the banks of computers with a hardwired Internet connection, regular library user Guillermo Granados said he’d rather not use or rely on a secondary computer to do his online work.

“It’s a pain in the neck [not to have Wi-Fi],” Granados said. “[With it] I would be able to actually do research. All I can do now is read my textbook and take notes.”

For more information about the Pierce College Library and Learning Crossroads visit their website at libguides.piercecollege.edu.

[End of Update]

 

Information Technology and library staff are working to get functioning Wi-Fi in the Library and Learning Crossroads building.

Library Department Chair Paula Paggi said that Wi-Fi at the new library is being held up by “a couple of parts,” and that when they arrive, Wi-Fi will be up and running.

“We have received the parts to begin working on the wireless connectivity. Testing and deployment will be conducted over the next few days,” Pierce IT Manager Mark Henderson said in a May 2 email.

When asked what parts were needed and why, Henderson wrote, “The parts are network connectors to make the access points operational.”

During a previous interview about the new building, Paggi rightfully said there would be bugs with the move, considering the size of it and the technology involved.

The good news is there are a few banks of new fully-operational research computers hooked up to the Internet.

When asked about using the banks of computers with a hardwired Internet connection, regular library user Guillermo Granados said he’d rather not use or rely on a secondary computer to do his online work.

“It’s a pain in the neck [not to have Wi-Fi],” Granados said. “[With it] I would be able to actually do research. All I can do now is read my textbook and take notes.”

For more information about the Pierce College Library and Learning Crossroads visit their website at libguides.piercecollege.edu.

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